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BRANCHING OUT

New York Times, Sunday, December 14, 2003

Author:
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Elizabeth C. Gorski
sailboat

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 143, Blocks: 80 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 119 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

I believe this is the first puzzle where solvers draw an image by connecting the dots in alphabetical order.

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© 2003, The New York TimesNo. 1214 ( 19,759 )
Across
1
Creepy sort, for short : LECH
5
View from a lighthouse : SEA
8
Lobster ___ diavolo : FRA
11
Pit stop can : STP
14
Fountain treat : MALT
18
Native Nebraskan : OTOE
19
Antiapartheid org. : ANC
20
Scale notes : RES
21
Onassis, in tabloids : ARI
22
Skating star Kulik : ILIA
23
"___ it the truth!" : AINT
24
Oxford, for one: Abbr. : HMO
25
Phone no. add-on : EXT
26
Magazine article : GUN
27
Healthful retreats : SPAS
28
Sandy tract, in Britain : DENE
29
Movie cowboy Lash ___ : LARUE
31
"Halt!" to a salt : AVAST
33
What that isn't : THIS
34
Mortimer, a real dummy : SNERD
36
Maximally chi-chi : SNAZZIEST
38
Clear the slate : ERASE
39
No longer stops? : UNCORKS
41
Tuckered out : WEARY
42
Airport city near Montreal : MIRABEL
44
Rover and Tabby, e.g. : PETNAMES
46
Tiny Tim played it : UKE
47
Scrooge overcame this : MEANNESS
48
Get-up : TOGS
49
Software program, briefly : APP
51
Sermon subject : SIN
53
Cozy retreat : NEST
54
Noodlehead : SCHMO
56
N.F.C. gridder : BUC
57
Lush : SOT
59
Diets : SLIMS
62
Attach with laces : TIEON
63
Gift exchange requirement: Abbr. : RCPT
65
Not an orig. : REPR
66
Undeclared : TACIT
67
It's heard in Islamabad : URDU
68
Kind of date : DUE
69
___-Mère-Église, France : STE
71
Abu ___ Bay, site of Horatio Nelson's naval victory, 1798 : QIR
73
"The Gift of the Magi," e.g. : TALE
74
Sgt. and sgt. maj. : NCOS
75
Done, to Donne : OER
76
Rainbow : ARC
77
Itinerary abbr. : RTE
78
Allure competitor : ELLE
79
King in a 1978 pop hit : TUT
80
Pudding ingredient : FIG
81
Antique auto : REO
82
Directly across from: Abbr. : OPP
84
Spearheaded : LED
85
Sound from a wok : SSS
86
Hurrah for El Farruco : OLE
87
Leg bone : TIBIA
89
Hide-hair link : NOR
90
Timeline info: Abbr. : YRS
91
Salute : HAIL
92
Starting Harvard law students : ONELS
93
Without exception, after "to" : AMAN
95
Choir practice : SCALES
97
Croupiers' tools : RAKES
98
"Leave me alone!" : LAYOFF
101
Colors in cave paintings : OCHRES
102
Bourbon and others: Abbr. : STS
103
"Law & Order" type: Abbr. : DET
105
"Nobody's Fool" star Paul : NEWMAN
107
Window item : BLIND
108
Skater Midori : ITO
109
Satisfied : MET
111
One with a thick skin : RHINO
112
Ballet leap : JETE
113
Seasonal air that celebrates this puzzle's theme : OTANNENBAUM
118
Carbon compound : ENOL
119
Love symbol : EROS
120
Not give a definite answer : STRINGALONG
121
Huge win : ROUT
122
Beach shades : TANS
123
Western-themed films : HORSEOPERAS
124
Art Deco designer : ERTE
Down
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Fills : LOADSUP
2
Stephen, in France : ETIENNE
3
With 15-Down, what to do to reveal this puzzle's theme : CONNECTTHEDOTS
4
Subject to external controls : HETERONOMOUS
5
Satirist Mort : SAHL
6
How lemmings move : ENMASSE
7
It's often squirreled away : ACORN
8
Succumb to stage fright : FREEZEUP
9
Name fit for a king? : REX
10
Dancing siblings : ASTAIRES
11
Big stories : SAGAS
12
"Would I lie?!" : TRUSTME
13
Amount of eggnog : PINT
14
Botch the subtitles, maybe : MISTRANSLATE
15
See 3-Down : ALPHABETICALLY
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Is a go-between : LIAISES
17
Fringe material : TASSELS
30
Motor City org. : UAW
32
"Oy ___!" : VEY
35
Chinese zodiac sign : DRAGON
37
Drummer Starkey, Ringo's son : ZAK
38
English poet Dowson : ERNEST
40
Tour de France units: Abbr. : KMS
43
"At Seventeen" singer Janis : IAN
45
It holds one cup : SAUCER
47
Alphabet sextet : MNOPQR
50
Narc's find, for short : PCP
52
British verb ending : ISE
54
Evel doings? : STUNTS
55
Ring setting : CIRCUS
56
Noted family of Flemish painters : BRUEGELS
58
Like some chords : TRITONAL
60
One whose job is a grind? : MILLER
61
War horses : STEEDS
64
Winter Palace residents : TSARINAS
65
Sprang back : RECOILED
68
Linen closet stack : DOILIES
70
Game show host who was once a CBC newsman : TREBEK
72
Car tower : REPOMAN
80
Gave birth, as on a ranch : FOALED
83
"God bless us every one," e.g. : PRAYER
87
Trattoria desserts : TORTONIS
88
Rally : ASSEMBLE
91
It will hold your horses : HARNESS
94
The boonies : NOWHERE
95
White of the eye : SCLERA
96
Ancient Greek tunic : CHITON
99
Key of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 : FMINOR
100
Disperse : FANOUT
101
Antiquaire's item : OBJET
102
Brenda of the comics : STARR
104
"Coffee, ___ Me?" : TEAOR
106
Nick of "Lorenzo's Oil" : NOLTE
108
Stick ___ : ITTO
110
___ sandwich : TUNA
113
Kyrgyz city : OSH
114
Phoenix-to-Flagstaff dir. : NNE
115
Mania subject? : EGO
116
Brief time out? : NAP
117
Some old roadsters : MGS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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